Appreciating the dark side of life since 1975.

Brightside Biography

Brightside Biography: I See Ghosts

Brightside Biography: I See Ghosts

My mom died over three years ago, but just because she isn’t alive doesn’t mean I haven’t heard from her. I haven’t seen her floating through my bedroom (holy shit, thank god), but I have heard from her in other ways. I’ve asked her questions […]

Brightside Biography: I Was Born Into a Cult

Brightside Biography: I Was Born Into a Cult

Julius Schacknow proclaimed himself to be Jesus Christ in 1970. For almost 3 decades, Brother Julius would lead hundreds of members in “The Work,” a cult which eventually ended with lawsuits, sexual assault charges and murder between cult members. (Fun!) It was in the midst […]

I Taught The BTK Killer How To Tie Knots

I Taught The BTK Killer How To Tie Knots

I have a confession to make. I have always considered myself to be totally smart and in the know about serial killers and other like-minded folk. I could talk for days about Ed Gein. I could go into detail on how I lurked around the […]

Brightside Biography: I’m a Funeral Director

Brightside Biography: I’m a Funeral Director

Funerals are not fun. That’s obvious, right? What may not be obvious, though, is all of the work that goes into taking care of your sweet grandpa after he’s passed. Not only the work of taking care of sweet grandpa, but really, the work (and […]